Are we pathologists embracing open and reproducible research practices?

15th October 2019

The adoption of open science practices has been highlighted as essential to promote accessibility, transparency and reproducibility in science. Documenting, storing and sharing of protocols, raw data and computational code are essential steps towards reproducible research. Plant pathology is strongly founded on observational and experimental approaches where the collection of data enables us to understand and analyze plant disease phenomena, ultimately influencing the manner in which plant diseases are managed. However, adoption of these practices has been considered slow in many fields and the current status of our discipline has not been evaluated.

The Open Plant Pathology (OPP – https://openplantpathology.org/) community invites you to participate in a survey to provide us with data on the status of reproducible research practices among plant pathologists, including organisational procedures, data management, analytical workflows and sharing of scientific information. Participation is voluntary and no name or any identifying information will be collected.  The data collected will be used by OPP leaders in presentations, blog posts or opinion pieces. You are encouraged to participate and help us to identify areas that we need to focus our attention to improve and disseminate reproducible research practices in our field. Click on the link to our survey at this webpage: https://forms.gle/TMovnv98gEyJkrw87